Re "Kings backers should support opera and symphony" (Letters, Aug. 5): The letter writer suggests that it is at least partially Mayor Kevin Johnson's fault that the Sacramento Symphony Orchestra and Opera have cancelled their fall seasons because he has not monetarily supported them like he has the Sacramento Kings basketball team. This is unfair.
I would love to see Sacramento become more of a world class city. It was my letter that was previously published here in The Bee supporting the creation a natural history museum While I must confess to not being a symphony or opera fan, or even a Kings fan, I like the idea of them all being a part of the city.
However, the big difference is that Kings games sell out. If symphony concerts and opera performances were selling out, we wouldn't be hearing any talk of season cancellations. Throwing money at them won't bring customers that have no interest.
-- Mike Fredericks, Folsom